Last year we had stayed in Shanzu (north of Mombasa) and had used James of WSS to organise our three day safari. It was a great success, so on our return to Kenya in Jan/Feb 2012, we had contacted him again to get ideas and costings regarding another 3 day safari with different lodges and park areas.
After some e-mail negotiation, James agreed to send a driver and vehicle from Shanzu to Diani Beach (2 hours south, via the Mombasa ferry) to collect us and start the safari. This time we opted for the Ngutuni Game Sanctuary and Lodge and then the Saltlick Sanctuary & Lodge, before returning back to Diani Beach.
James and our driver, Shem, arrived at the hotel at the agreed time and it felt like a reunion - Shem had driven us on safari previously and had also taken us to tour Mombasa on our last trip. We were very pleased to see them both and felt confident that we would again be in the hands of professionals!
So it transpired, Ngutuni is a small privately owned sanctuary and the lodge faces a water hole. After our first game drive, we arrived with other safari vans for lunch to see elephants around 30 feet from our table! Later that evening after another game drive, we returned to find that we were the only couple staying that night and the staff joked that we could choose any room if we wished! Dinner later was wonderful (candle-lit table overlooking the water hole) and as my wife had enjoyed the pumpkin soup at lunchtime, we asked if there was any more. There wasn't, but it arrived - the chef had made more, especially for us! Steaks in sauce followed and a nice pudding completed the meal. It had seemed that the staff of around 20 had been there just for us! Nice!
More game drives and on to Saltlick, Shem our driver was helpful, alert and responded to all our requests. The Saltlick Lodge is unique, round cheeses (the rooms) on stilts. Our room again looked over the waterhole and gave us a good view of game.
During our three days we had at least 8 game drives and saw almost every animal possible - lots of elephants, herds of buffalo, lions, monkeys, many gazelle and other derivations (water buck, hartebeste, grants, eland, dik-dik, oryx, etc), giraffe, jackals, cheetah, zebra, and my favourite - the wart-hog families. We are both interested in birds and Shem was very informative - tawny eagles, owls, and at one stage near Saltlick my wife was able to feed the birds by hand and had a hornbill sitting on her arm.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend James and Wildlife Sun Safari. This is our third experience of their service and all have been well prepared, well delivered and competitively priced. We had taken items with us to give to an orphanage or needy school en-route and our driver Shem was able to help and stopped on our return at a school/charity we had seen on the way to Ngutuni. He also diverted in Mombasa to find a Post Office and interestingly, the card we posted arrived home before we did!
Will we be using James again on our next visit to Kenya - one word, YES.
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